Meta-Analysis: Tai Chi Keeps Seniors from Falling

Tai chi may reduce the rate of falls and injury-related falls during the first year by about half in older and at-risk adults, according to a new meta-analysis.

Pooled data from 10 randomized controlled trials showed a significant 43% reduction in the risk of falls compared with other interventions at 12 months or less, and a reduction in the risk of injurious falls by 50% over the short term, Rafael Lomas-Vega, PhD, from the University of Jaén in Spain, and colleagues reported online in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.